Chicagoland: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Kurt Busch on debris cautions during a NSCS race - Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger "Some debris cautions are real, some aren't; you just have to deal with it. Whether you're the leader that has the bigger ...

DODGE QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Kurt Busch on debris cautions during a NSCS race - Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"Some debris cautions are real, some aren't; you just have to deal with it. Whether you're the leader that has the bigger headache or whether you're the guy in third that's saying, 'Sweet, I've got a yellow and a chance at passing cars now.' A lot of these races are thrown up in the air at the end."

DODGE DRIVERS

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger

"I'm looking forward to going to Chicago with our Charlotte setup and hoping for big things. Chicago is one of three tracks that I don't have a top five on, so I'm really pushing hard to get a top five, possibly a win. Chicago, Kansas and Watkins Glen, I don't have a top five at those tracks, so I'm trying to get that off my little bucket list. Each mile-and-a-half (track) has its own different attitude and quirks around the race tracks. Chicago is getting a little bumpy as the years have progressed. It won't be exactly the Charlotte package 100 percent, but it's a great base line.

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

On double-file restarts: "There's just a lot to be gained on double-file restarts compared to what you use to be able to do, so people are just being aggressive. That's all fine and good. I feel like its done a lot for the sport. NASCAR did it for the fans, to make the racing better and give them more to be excited about towards the end of the race and it does. Obviously, if a guy is fifth and figures out how to make it to first because of the double-file restart, he's going to love it that weekend. But the next weekend he may be first and end up 25th because somebody bumps him and gets him into the wall. It takes that ease away that you had with the lapped-down cars on the inside. You had the opportunity to get yourself some room, to get yourself away from the second, third, fourth, fifth-place guys. You don't have that anymore."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger

"Chicago is an ever-evolving race track. The transition from day to night moves the groove from the bottom to the top and then back to the bottom. Double-file restarts there are very crazy because you can really hold someone down there on the bottom. There is a lot of back and forth, side-by-side racing and the track has actually become fairly rough over the years. The Midwestern winters have taken their toll on the surface and have made it a little trickier. There is a lot of banking to go with that so it's very fast. All in all, it's a great racetrack and I really enjoy it."

ENGINEERING TALK;

Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

"In a series that many complain is all about one-and-a-half mile tracks, this is the first one we've run since visiting Charlotte six weeks ago. If a team has a favorite mile-and-a-half mile chassis, they likely raced it at Charlotte and had time to refit it and will bring it to Chicago. Chicago has less banking than Charlotte, but there are enough other similarities that if you had a successful Charlotte, you probably want to take the same equipment to Chicago."

Jay Guy, crew chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger

"Chicagoland Speedway is not like the other 1.5-mile tracks that we visit. The backstretch is one continuous curve and that makes the exit of Turn 2 and the entry of Turn 3 very important. Essentially, you aren't holding a straight wheel for very long during a lap at Chicago. It's a very fast racetrack too. The aero department has worked really hard to make this a strong car for us. We've been working on building lighter, faster cars and this is one of the best we've produced so far."

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski , Sam Hornish Jr.